A Wonderful Gathering

The RFC chaplains and volunteers from Region 4 recently came together at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, for their annual regional conference.  Region Director Joey Keith led the two-day event in early February which featured time for praise & worship, stocking up on material resources, training sessions, prayer, fellowship, and sharing about the challenges and victories people are seeing in their ministries.


Chaplain Bill Blanchette was one of the RFC volunteers in attendance.  “Joey brought in some local folks to lead us in praise & worship,” he reported.  “They were very good and [the time of worship was] inspiring.  Afterward, they asked us about RFC and we provided them with a lot of good information about volunteering, RFC Kids, etc.  I hope we see them again, perhaps in RFC regalia!”


Along with the cherished fellowship with others serving in a common goal, continued training and staying on top of issues and trends in the racing world and in society are key to keeping the chaplains ready for service.  These faithful men and women need times of decompression, refreshment, recharging, and learning in order to be prepared for a busy racing season where they will fill all manner of need, motorsports related as well as “just doing life together” with the people in the racing community.

“We did three training topics,” said Bill, “Empathy & Listening Skills, Evangelism, and Suicide Prevention & Awareness.  The sessions were brief but pithy, and there were excellent videos to reinforce the teaching points.

These topics are ones we will certainly face the longer we’re in ministry, and in the case of evangelism, tools were provided that will help us to advance the kingdom as we serve.  It was good hearing from others on these topics and sharing different experience bases.”


“Our time together was really good,” says Joey.  “Those in attendance were EXTREMELY engaged in our discussions, and the time spent together was really tender.  It was a wonderful time to gather.”